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Blueprint – close-up of a cute little girl, a natural looking Photoshop edit

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Sometimes when I make the blueprints, I tend to go overboard and almost exaggerate the edits so you can see what I did. For this one I wanted to do a super realistic, natural edit.  Thank you to Jill Ellison for this adorable picture.

This little girl looks so cute with her sweet curls.  Here is what I did to give her a little glow, slightly better coloring and a sparkle to her eyes using a few Photoshop actions and a few manual adjustment layers.

Step 1 – Ran MCP Color Burst from the Complete Workflow.

Step 2 – Did a manual Hue/Saturation Layer – selected Blue channel – and then Cyan channel,  Took opacity of each down to about –65% to reduce colors in the whites of her eyes.  Inverted mask. Painted back on the mask with a white brush on the eyes to get rid of the cast.

Step 3 – Ran MCP Magic Powder from the Magic Skin action set – set opacity to 36% (just wanted a light smoothing).

Step 4 – her skin had a touch too much blue and magenta – so I ran Magic Skin’s Skin Cast Blast – activated the Bye Bye Blueberry layer at 100%.  Masked back the shadow area with a 30% brush as the shadows did not need that much of a correction.

Step 5 – Ran MCP Crackle from the Quickie Collection action set.

Step 6 – at this point I noticed that the shadow areas were getting lost on her shirt and hair.  So I did a levels layer and adjusted the output slider to 25.  This was a tad too much so I lowered the opacity of that layer to 85%.

Step 7 – cropped.

If I had more time, I may have extracted the tree and replaced it with the background.  I would have preferred that over the tree behind her.  But at least the drop got rid of the hand and arm coming at her head.

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  1. Leslie B. on February 10, 2012 at 9:39 am

    I love ALL of Jessica’s work. She is one of my most favorite photographers! I was so happy to hear she was guest blogging on here. Great tutorial of what she did!

  2. Cathy on February 10, 2012 at 9:39 am

    Great job ! I love the Fusion set.

  3. Steph on February 10, 2012 at 9:55 am

    When you say ran sentimental on background… Does that mean the whole picture or literally just the background and not the child? Because I would love to know how to do the latter…

  4. Susan Jennings on February 10, 2012 at 10:00 am

    Thanks for the detailed info. I have only had the set for a few months, and am still trying to create recipes with them. This is very helpful!

  5. Kim Young on February 10, 2012 at 10:09 am

    Oh thank you. I love this. I have been thinking of getting “All about the details” and now might get fusion (I have the mini fusion and love it).

  6. Sharon T. on February 10, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    I really need to get better at using these actions.

  7. Trish Manguso on February 10, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    Wow! Were all of the actions you used MCP? I have the free version of the mini fusion and I’m thinking of buying some…

    • Jessica on February 10, 2012 at 3:18 pm

      Yes, all of these were done with MCP’s actions from start to finish. I used the “Fusion Set,” “Eye Doctor Set,” and MCP has the “Touch of Light and Touch of Dark” action as a free download. If you look under the before there is a link to get the free action. Hope this helps!

  8. Image Masking on February 11, 2012 at 12:59 am

    You have done really awesome job. Great post you shared with us. Thanks for sharing !!

  9. Alice C. on February 11, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    Oh wow! What a difference!

  10. Ryan Jaime on February 11, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    Big fan of everything except of the now neon colors in the background. Love how the kid and tracks turned out though.

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